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Spending data focus of survey

DALLAS — In July 2010, U.S. Census Bureau field representatives are collecting information about how much Americans spend for groceries, clothing, transportation, housing, health care and other items from a sample of households across the country.
The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) is not to be confused with the 2010 Census. The decennial census operations are scheduled to conclude at the end of July, whereas the CE is an ongoing survey.
The CE consists of two parts:

• The Interview Survey — During the year, about 15,000 households will be interviewed each quarter to obtain data on relatively large expenditures and also those expenditures that occur on a regular basis (such as rent and utilities).

• The Diary Survey — During the year, another 12,500 households will be asked to keep two consecutive one-week diaries of smaller, more frequent purchases that may be difficult for respondents to recall later (such as a fast-food purchase at a drive-through window, a soda or candy bar from a vending machine, or a carton of eggs from the supermarket).

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